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VCU Jazz Composition Competition

Virginia Commonwealth University is hosting a Jazz Competition this fall for an unpublished jazz big band work by a high school student.

Over $7,000 in prizes!


  • High School students only may enter. A signature of a high school official is required. Previous winners are ineligible.
  • Instrumentation: 5 saxes (AATTB, doubles optional), 3-4 trumpets, 3-4 trombones, guitar and/or piano, plus bass and drums (vocals optional).
  • Submissions required: legible score and parts (originals or copies), entry form, plus $10 entry fee (via check payable to "VCU Jazz Students Fund"; non-refundable). Limit one entry per person. ENTRY MATERIALS (scores, parts, recordings) WILL NOT BE RETURNED.
  • Optional but highly recommended: live, studio, or synthesized demo CD (no cassettes).
  • Submissions must be received by October 1.
  • All works received are owned by the composers. VCU, however, retains the copies received and has permission to perform and (if applicable) record them.
  • Though a quality demo CD is preferable, entries will be judged on the merits of the composition itself, not on the submitted performance or audio quality.
  • Results will be announced by December 1. No winner need be chosen if the judges find that no entry merits the award.

First Prize:·

  • $4000 VCU scholarship ($1000 each of four years or $2000 x two years)
  • $500 cash
  • VCU Performance (and concert and/or studio recording of same)
  • Assistance towards potential publication, broadcast, and other media contacts
  • Complimentary prizes from external sponsors, including arranging texts, scores for study, and periodical subscriptions

Second Prize:

  • $2000 VCU scholarship ($500 each of four years or $1000 x two years)
  • $250 cash
  • VCU Performance (and concert recording of same)
  • Complimentary prizes and assistance

Mail your required (and optional) Entry Materials, along with your Entry Form and $10 non-refundable Entry Fee (via check payable to "VCU Jazz Students Fund") to:

Prof. Antonio J. García, VCU Jazz
922 Park Avenue, Box 842004
Richmond VA 23284-2004
(Note that the Box number must be included.)

Download the brochure with entry form HERE.

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To learn about the outcome of the previous competitions, click here.

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